Taking care of your skin is so important. It took me a long time to find the routine that works for me. I have combination skin, sometimes it’s super duper dry, other times it gets really oily, and I also get breakouts from stress and hormones – even in my 30’s… so annoying. I’ve tried basically every product under the sun, including prescription products from a dermatologist. None of it worked and I often found myself with more breakouts and really irritated skin.
I also have dark spots, and some redness but everyone has some of those issues – that’s what filters are for, right? But, no, really… I have always been extremely self-conscious of my skin without makeup and would rarely ever go without but, since I started working from home I have a ton of makeup free days and I am learning to love my imperfections and trying to understand they aren’t a big deal. It takes work to love yourself, and I’m doing my best to learn to love me for what I am and not what I wish I were. (Okay, enough deep shit for today, let’s talk about skincare).
I stumbled across Mario Badescu products when my brother’s girlfriend, brought their facial spray to use as a makeup setter for my sisters wedding a couple years ago. I loved the product and went to Ulta and bought it, basically the next day. It was so refreshing, and also set my makeup for the entire day better than any other setting spray I’ve tried. Even after all the bridesmaids (and the bride and groom) jumped in the pool at the end of the night, I still had my makeup on. Listen, there was a lot of alcohol that night my friends… but my makeup looked great and that’s all that mattered! They now have three facial spray formulas and I use them ALL.
After I used the facial spray for about a month, I decided to check out their other products and ended up trying their acne facial cleanser and cucumber cleansing lotion (toner). I usually give face washes a month or two before I decide whether or not they’re worth my money. 2 ½ years later, I am a faithful and lifetime customer. Every few months, I switch up which toner I’m using – as they all have different purposes, and throughout the year my skin needs change. Right now I am using the cucumber cleansing lotion, and I love it.
Now, onto lotion. As I am in my 30’s I wanted to stop fine-lines and wrinkles before they start so I recently purchased the Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream and have been loving it! It makes my skin feel soft, smooth and never ever greasy. The only complaint I have about this lotion is that I do have to wash my hands after using as it makes them feel sticky – but not my face… so weird. But other than that, I love it! I also got a sample of their new whipped formula in my February Influenster box and the smell is so nice and I might even like it better than the original!
Those products I use daily, but I also use St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub 2-4x a week as needed before my regular cleanser (a brand my mom introduced me to as a teen). I also use a facemask 2-4x a week as well – because it’s fun, makes my skin feel great, and self-care ya’ll! I have a ton of different facemasks but am currently loving the Freeman brand I bought from Ulta as well. I also use Garnier micellar water to remove my makeup – I love that it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy, and it does a really great job of removing stubborn waterproof mascara, and liquid liner.
So, there you have it. My current facial skincare routine. Pretty simple, but it works for me. I wish I had the patience to try something more intense… I’ve been wanting to try a Korean skincare routine but between the number of products you have to purchase (and maybe hate), plus the amount of time you have to dedicate to it every day, it doesn’t seem worth it to me at this time. The simpler the better is what I live by for skincare!